Overview for Self-Determination: A Resource for JustPeace
Self-determination is "an idee force of powerful magnitude, a philosophical stance, a moral value, a social movement, a potent ideology." Since, it is a right that belongs to peoples, the decisiveness of its praxis will remain in the heart and minds of ordinary people. For this reason, self-determination will not wither away. So long as peoples are the self that guides determining the right, the language of self-determionation will continue to be relevent in the search for humanization.
In this second decond decade of the 21st centuary the world continues to witness an unprecedented upsurge of democratic consciousness and the desire for human liberation in various countries. This marks a transition away from "State-determination" that was highlighted with numerous violent conflicts and world war that took place in the 20th xentury. Now in the 21st century, people's aspirations and yearning to chart their own destiny are urging this to be a millennium of "peoples-determination," which, in turn, can lead to constructive dialogue, just solutions and JustPeace.
Self-Determination - A Resource for JustPeace offers an entry point to start a new political conversation.
Wrestling with questions of Self-determination and JustPeace have raised more questions and this points to the need for a much needed self-evaluation and self-criticism within self-determination and conflict transformation, and eventually a dialogue between them.
Akum Longchari (Author)
Dr. Akum Longchari is an activist and educator in the areas of human rights, self-determination and JustPeace. Since 1994, he has been involved with people's movements in the areas of human rights,justice,peace, and reconciliation and a consultant for peace programs in educational institutes.
Akum has a Ph.D from the University of New England, Armindale, New South Wales, Australia, a Master's degree, and later as a Visiting Scholar in Conflict Transformation Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA, an LLB degree from Campus Law Centre, Delhi University, Delhi, India,and BA (Pass Course) from St. Stephens College, Delhi University, Delhi, India. He did his schooling from Lawrence School, Sanawar, Himachal Pradesh, India.
Akum lives with his family in Dimapur, Nagaland.
John Paul Lederach (Foroward)
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